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Renault reveals its Modus & Operandi

Renault, enjoying considerable success with its stylish Kangoo van, used last week's Frankfurt commercial vehicle show to unveil two new concept vans.

Modus2 and Operandi are described as 'hyper-urban' vehicles.

Renault unveiled the original Modus, which gave styling clues to Kangoo, in 1994.

The styling link between the latest concepts and the original Modus has been maintained with the trademark bubble windscreen.

Operandi and Modus2 are 3.60m long and 1.63m wide; Operandi is 1.75m high while Modus2 is 1.54m high.

Modus2 has an engine at the front and, with four seats, it is intended mainly for passenger transport. Operandi has a rear engine to increase loading space by placing the cab as far forward as possible.

On this vehicle, Renault has introduced 'asymmetrical loading' which allows the passenger seat to be folded away under the dashboard to increase loading space. This turns the vehicle into a delivery-dedicated monospace.

Drivers maintain their personal space by partitioning off the drive station from the load cell with a small sliding shelf.

The load space is easily accessible through the rear sliding doors, which can be slid to either the left or the right to be opened.

The interiors of these concept vans are also modular. They can be personalised depending on the type of goods delivered and can also offer a number of different interior layouts.

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